Much was debated about Noel Gallagher’s notable absence from the hugely successful One Love Manchester Benefit Concert back in June following terrorist attacks at the U.K. venue during an Ariana Grande performance. It looks like the former Oasis guitarist will be making up for it next month, as he and a handful of other popular British artists will help reopen the arena on Sept. 9.
Announced on Wednesday, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds will reopen the famous venue alongside artists including Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley to name a few, for the benefit concert titled "We Are Manchester." Proceeds from the show will be going towards the victims and their families from the bombing that took place at the Manchester Arena back on May 22. According to the concert’s announcement on Billboard, nine people are still hospitalized from their injuries.
"May's events will never be forgotten, but they will not stop us -- or Mancunian music fans -- from coming together to enjoy live music," Manchester Arena GM James Allen said about the upcoming concert. “The significant economic and cultural impact that this has on the city means that this legacy must continue.”
Many fans thought that Gallagher’s absence from the June 4 One Love Manchester Concert was due to his brother Liam’s scheduled performance, which saw him sing a pair of Oasis tunes alongside Chris Martin. The two brothers have been rather vocal about their professional and personal dislike for each other since Oasis broke up in 2011.